This program provides a financial incentive to encourage development and redevelopment in central urban areas, Designated Exemption Areas and brownfield sites.
Note: Niagara Region is undertaking a review of all of their development incentive and reduction programs. Completion of this review is expected by the end of the 2018.
Niagara Region passed a new Regional Development Charges by-law on July 20, 2017, which modified the RDC reduction programs. Please ensure you familiarize yourself with the new by-law, which comes into effect on Sept. 1, 2017.
Eligibility for exemptions is based on the policies in place at the time development charges are payable. For example, at the time of building permit application. The current development charges by-law expires on Aug. 31, 2017.
Exemption of development charges (50-75 per cent) are available immediately at the building permit stage if your development is:
Your project may also be eligible for a refund of the remaining 50-25 per cent of the development charges if it satisfies a specific number of criteria as outlined in the program guide or is certified at any level of LEED.
The Regional Development Charges by-law takes effect Sept. 1, 2017. In order for your development to be eligible for the reduction programs contained in the previous Regional Development Charges by-law 62-2012, all of the following conditions need to be met:
Provided Niagara Region can verify the previous six conditions, the Regional Development Charges payable will be adjusted when the building permit is issued.
Starting Sept. 1, 2017, the Brownfield Reduction Program under the new by-law has been updated.
Read schedules D and E in the by-law for more information and details on the brownfield reduction program.
Hard copies of the applicant information package are also available for pick-up at Niagara Region Headquarters.
Email planning and development for further information.
There are a number of exemptions found in provincial legislation. In addition to those, the following Regional exemptions have been included in the current Regional development charges by-law:
In addition there may be credits against development charges which may be related to your project: